Nature will be calling people into Descanso Gardens louder than before when spring arrives. For the first time since 1994, when the rose gardens were installed, the botanical showcase is undergoing major construction.
The private groundbreaking ceremony for Descanso's new Sturt Haaga Gallery of Art was held Friday. The 2,800-square-foot exhibit hall is being designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners of Los Angeles, and will feature a vertical and rooftop garden.
Heather Sturt Haaga and Paul G. Haaga Jr. of La Cañada Flintridge made the construction a reality through a $2.1-million donation, the single largest Descanso has ever received, garden officials said.
"Heater and Paul have a history of making inspired and inspiring gifts around the renovation of historically significant structures," Executive Director of Descanso Gardens David Brown said.
The family was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times celebrating the opening of the Haaga Family Rotunda, which was named in their honor of the family's $5 million donation, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park.